Svetlana Kana Radević (1937-2000) is among the most prominent architects in socialist Yugoslavia and is the subject of an exhibition which showcases some of her best works, among them being the anti-fascist memorials, hotels, residential projects, and civic buildings. The exhibition aims to significantly expand Radević’s representation within the architectural canon by exhibiting the highlights of her built work for the first time: the Hotel Podgorica (1964-1967) and the Hotel Zlatibor (1979-1981), which aimed to make the best of socialist lifestyle accessible to both locals and foreign visitors; the Petrovac Apartment Building (1968), with its sculptural façade and generous apartment plans; as well as the Monument to Fallen Fighters at Barutana (1980), a sculptural memorial landscape that commemorates local anti-fascist fighters.
Photographs, original drawings, correspondences and other documents are a part of her private archive, so far unseen by the public and put at disposal to the exhibition team by Kana’s family. The archival materials very clearly reflect her stylistic tendency and her character – merging local materials and international brutalist tendencies. Indisputably, Kana's base has always been her native Titograd (today’s Podgorica), while at the same time she nurtured strong international ties in Philadelphia and Tokyo with some of the most important architectural names of the XX century.
Skirting the Center – Svetlana Kana Radevic on the Periphery of Postwar Architecture was first shown at the XVII Venice Biennale of Architecture, followed by the exhibition in Podgorica as part of the December Art Scene.
The exhibition is organised by the APSS Institute and the company Strategist, with the support of the Capital City of Podgorica and under the patronage of the President of Montenegro. The project was supported by a large number companies - Artemide, Bemax, CEDIS, CGES, Elektroprivreda Crne Gore, Glosarij, Hipotekarna Banka, Metropolis Media Montenegro, Savana, Uniprom and Zetagradnja.
The exhibition team is grateful to many institutions and partners who put their archives and documents at disposal for the purpose of the exhibition - Pobjeda, Radio television of Montenegro (RTCG), Museum of Yugoslavia, Municipality of Mojkovac, Lovceninvest, Montenegrin Cinematheque and Montenegrin National Archives.